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Year 1 - Lavender

Dear Lavender Class,

Thank you for visiting our class page. I will try my best to put new and exciting things on it as often as I can so please come back and visit it when you can. If you think of anything that you would like to have on our page then please let me know.

Love from Miss Jennings smiley

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Parents Section

General Class Information


  • Class Teacher: Miss Jennings
  • PPA Cover Teacher: Mrs Fender
  • Other adults in Lavender class: Mrs Palmer, Mrs Kidby, Miss French
  • PE is on Monday morning and Thursday morning
  • English homework in Year One is daily reading.
    • Please try to write in your child's reading diary when you hear them read at home.
  • Maths homework in Year One is set through the My Maths website.
    • I will let your child know when another task has been set.
  • Please remember that water bottles should only contain water

For more information about how to help your child at home, please visit our Key Stage One Curriculum page:

What is your child learning at school


Please click below to see our Autumn Term overview and our Autumn Termly letter:

Parent Messages


  1. 11th December = Pantomime trip
  2. 14th December = Christmas jumper day (£1)
  3. 19th December = Last day of term
  4. Please remember to download our new Balliol school app.

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Children's Section

Our Three Class Rules


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Never give up. Encourage others. Do your best!



Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your English work.



Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your Maths work.

Topic - Into the Enchanted Forest


Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your topic work.

Our Class Diary - Autumn Term 1 2018


Week Commencing 3rd September 2018

We had our first week in Lavender class. We  had fun getting to know all of our new friends and teachers. We did lots of counting in maths and we also started to learn how to form our letter shapes correctly. We also read a great book called 'Cleversticks.' It taught us that we are all good at different things and if we work together, we can learn new things as a team. 


Week Commencing 10th September 2018

We read a great book this week called 'Five Minutes Peace.' It told us all about a family of elephants. We then had fun learning about each others families. In maths, we explored numbers to 10 and how you can represent this in lots of different ways. For example, we explored 10 jumps, 10 claps, 10 blocks, 10 stories, 10 pencils etc. We also started to learn how to write numerals to 10. In science we learned about different body parts and started to learn about our senses. 

Exciting Friday update! We had a message in our classroom asking us to go outside. When we went out, we found a glittery letter hidden in one of our trees. When we read it, we discovered that it was from the fairies and elves. It told us that they had moved into our school and wanted to stay for the year but they could only do that if we made their King and Queen happy by completing some challenges. The first challenge was an invitation to go and see where they lived in the forest and collect some forest artefacts such as leaves and acorns. When we went back into our classroom, we found that it had been covered in glitter and a mysterious box had been delivered.

Week Commencing 17th September 2018

On Monday, we went to the forest. Here are some of the things that we saw:

When we got back from the forest, we explore the things that we had collected using our senses and wrote about our trip. We also looked carefully at the things using magnifying glasses, painted pictures of leaves, did some wax crayon leaf rubbings and drew observational sketches. After this, we opened the mysterious box that had been delivered to the classroom. Inside it, we found an envelope with some challenges. It asked us to read the story of Hansel and Gretel, work on directions so that we could help to rescue them and also design the top of the gingerbread house.

Week Commencing 24th September 2018

In maths, we answered our key question and worked out which group of objects was the most and which was the least. We also carried on completing our Hansel and Gretel challenges. Have a look to see how we got on with designing the top of our gingerbread houses. We had to draw our designs first and then try to copy them exactly using biscuits, icing and smarties.

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Week Commencing 1st October 2018

In maths, we had a new key question. We had different bags of sweets and we had to work out how many were in two bags at a time. In English, we had a surprise! The fairies and elves visited us again and gave us something mysterious to plant and a story about Jack and the Beanstalk.

Week Commencing 8.10.18

This week, we have been watching our plants very carefully and some of them have started to grow. We think they might be beans just like in our Jack and the beanstalk story!

In maths, we have been working on our adding up skills. We are learning that if we know 3 + 2 = 5 then we also know 2 + 3 = 5 and 5 = 3 + 2 and 5 = 2 + 3. We have also been working hard to learn our number bonds to 10 off by heart. In topic, we have been learning all about the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. We are looking forward to seeing what challenges the fairies and elves send us next.

Week Commencing 15.10.18

We had another visit from the fairies and elves! They sent us a new book called ‘Handa’s Surprise’. We had fun reading the story and trying to work out what the surprise was. In maths, we continued to work on our adding up and taking away skills. In topic, we looked at different types of trees and leaves. We also learned about deciduous and evergreen trees. 

Week Commencing 22.10.18

Half term

Week Commencing 29.10.18

Look how much our beanstalks have grown! They grew so much over half term that we decided to take them home on Monday.


In English, we had a go at adapting the Handa's surprise story. We changed the main character and also tried to change what was in the basket and who took each item. This made some rather funny stories! We had a go at writing them down in our English books. In maths, we finished our addition and subtraction cycle and had a go at answering our key question. In topic, we learned about hot and cold countries and the equator. We learned about firework safety and made some computer firework pictures. We also learned that animals can be sorted into different groups: mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. 

Here are the firework pictures that we made. We explored changing the colours and using different paint tools.

Week Commencing 5.11.19

In topic, we learned all about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We also learned about Diwali and had a whole school remembrance event on Friday.

6.11.18 Balliol Fireworks Event

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Here are some photos of our path of poppies that we made on Friday 9th November during our remembrance event.

Week Commencing 12.11.18

In topic and English, we learned about lots of different animals. We thought about animals that had claws, trunks, legs, tusks, tentacles, shells, wings, feathers and lots more. In maths, we worked on our counting skills and also our tens and unit skills. This week we have also explored moving our bodies with the help of a website called go noodle.

Week Commencing 19.11.18

We received another challenge envelope from the fairies and elves. They gave us a new book to read called ‘Dear Father Christmas’. It had lots of letters in it and we decided to learn about this in English. We also had a go at writing our own Christmas acrostic poems. In maths, we used our maths skills to work out if we had enough biscuits for everyone to have one. We worked out that since we had thirty, we actually had three more than we needed. In topic, we made our class advent calendar and also worked on our music skills.

Week Commencing 24.11.18

This week we have been busy practising our Christmas performance. We hope to see lots of you at our performances on Wednesday and Thursday next week. In English, we wrote letters to Santa using our very best handwriting. In maths, we had a new key question. We were asked how tall we were. We have spent this week working on measuring using lots of different equipment. In topic, we made Christmas cards and also made our 2019 calendars. We decided to use the computers to make four seasons pictures.

Week Commencing 3.12.18

We performed our Christmas play to the rest of the school and also to our parents this week. We have all been very busy and have worked very hard! On Friday, some of us went to the school Christmas fayre after school.